21 Apr '12, 5pm

Attention Pregnant Ladies! Do NOT eat seafood from the Gulf of Mexico : @davidsuzukifdn

Attention Pregnant Ladies! Do NOT eat seafood from the Gulf of Mexico : @davidsuzukifdn

The main contaminants from an oil spill are polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). PAH s are carcinogens. They are known to accumulate in seafood because many marine organisms are unable to process them. Internal levels of PAH s increase as one moves up the food chain from filter-feeding animals to predators, and the toxins remain active for extremely long periods. Based on data from the Exxon Valdez oil spill, researchers have shown that PAH s are detectable in shellfish for up to 13 years after contamination1 . These compounds are associated with stunted growth, anemia and kidney disease in humans2 . Napthalene is one of the most frequently detected PAH s in seafood, and this compound is strongly associated with cancer risk. Studies have shown dose-related nasal and respiratory cancers in rats, as well as associations with laryngeal and colorectal cancer in humans

Full article: http://www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/healthy-oceans-blog/2012...

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